MIXTAPE: Heart Beach

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I’m as guilty as any other shocking blog/media sites that pulls out the token “OMG Tassie is so far away, amirite?” introduction when it comes to writing about bands from down that way. It’s lazy, unprofessional writing, and I always feel a bit shit when I do it. I guess it’s because I just don’t know the scene or bands well enough to express anything worthwhile in my articles.

However, that’s about to change, because I just got a top notch guide from Heart Beach, one of my favourite bands from last year. Their debut album from last year was brutally underrated – if I had my way, every single person in this godforsaken land would be required to own a copy and spin it at least three times a day. It’s such a magical album, full of blunt, beautiful musings on everyday life paired with splashes of guitar, a fantastic sequel to the likes of Beaches and Love of Diagrams.

Anyway, Heart Beach are coming to Sydney pretty soon to launch their new 7″, and I’m bloody excited. They’re gonna be fantastic, I just know it, especially if this list of top-notch locals they threw together is anything to go by. They’ll be playing The Record Crate in Glebe w/ Low Talk, Miners and Skyboxes. If you need any more details, you can find them here on Facebook, right after you check out this awesome guide to Tasmanian music.

1. Treehouse – Sick Stink

2. Drunk Elk – Your Beautiful Face

3. Small Black Lambs – Gold

4. Naked – Think About Death

5. All the Weathers – Beans 

6. PCM – Gone

7. The Native Cats – Lemon Juice

8. Tantric Sax 

9. Filthy Little Star – Keep On Whistling

10. Anthony Rochester – Mathematics

11. Peak Body – Fade to Black

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New: Alternative Music from The Native Cats + House of Laurence + The Good Sports + Shiny Joe Ryan + Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

More new shit! Wowee, its like Christmas only better! Wow Yeah!

The Native Cats-51

Boom! Bet you didn’t fucking expect that right off the bat! Boom! New Native Cats, what are you even going to do about it? Huh? What? You scared? You scared by the greatness?

Man, ’51’ is an offcut from ‘Dallas’, the album The Native Cats released earlier this year, but listening to it begs the question of why the fuck they left it off!? This song is amazing! There’s so much shit happening!

The track starts out like a 1980’s platform gamer, only you control the character of Ian McKaye as he smashes barrels for coins, to fund his label Dischord Records and ensure that he doesn’t have to ever take money from The Man. However, the track then evolves into the sinister monologuing that was found on ‘I Remember Everyone’, a malicious combination of Gareth Liddiard and Kirin J Callinan. And then all of a sudden we’re floating in space to this programmed drum beat and drawn out keyboard soundscapes. Weird shit, but so good you’ll curse The Native Cats for not releasing this to the public sooner.

House of Laurence-Just Don’t Move Me

And bang, more good shit, straight from our backyard. This time, we’re south of the border in Melbourne, with indie rock band House of Laurence. I feel as though the clip for this song is basically a retelling of the band’s journey trying to find a place after Laurence kicked them out of his House for starting a fucking band in his flat. Regardless, at least House of Laurence can write a pretty cool indie rock track in the form of ‘Just Don’t Move Me’.

The Good Sports- Out of the Way

The Good Sports are a great band from Brisbane. Its kind of King Gizzard/Thee Oh Sees, but instead of going for the bat out of hell slaughter that those bands usually get up to, The Good Sports seem content to just wallow in their murky garage-psych jams for a while. ‘Out of the Way’ manages to be both incredibly chill and invigorating at the same time, kind of like if Unknown Mortal Orchestra were dragged out of a swamp.

Shiny Joe Ryan-The Cosmic Microwave Background Pt.1

In case you couldn’t figure it out already from the title, Shiny Joe Ryan is another offshoot of the Perth psych scene, this time from POND member, Joe Ryan. This one has a definitive Tame Impala feel to it, twangy space guitar littering a slowly escalating holy high note, a sound that’s like being raised into heaven whilst the Beatles go through their Indian phase around you. Its a weird amalgamation of sounds, but its pretty fucking cool.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks-Cinnamon and Lesbians

Isn’t that just the greatest title for a song? ‘Cinnamon and Lesbians’? And wouldn’t you fucking know, this song has the most delightful video clip since Winnie the Pooh made rap videos. Yep, this song pairs those usual Pavement riffs with Malkmus’ wry observations (…’I’ve been tripping my face off since breakfast…’) make for a fun fucking listen. And when the video can reflect the lyrics as accurately as a truth serum, well then its time to shut up, and watch a fucking video.

 

Video: The Native Cats-Cavalier

Allright! Debut music video from Tassie’s finest, The Native Cats! Featuring the deadliest bass riff since Fugazi’s ‘Waiting Room’, this song kicks so much ass, its like the Bruce Lee of songs. Minimalist, but densely packed at the same time, the clip reflects the song well. You’ve got a red lipstick/stubble combo, random sputterings of commercialism crossed with the band, and a Nintendo DS providing a jittery, bugs-crawling-up-your skin rhythm that can only be described as mind-fuckingly good. Goddamn do I love this song, and goddamn do I love this clip.

You can catch The Native Cats doing their thing in the flesh next Saturday, on the 28th of September, at The Red Rattler. Even better, they’ll be doing it with TV Colours. These bands have released two of the finest Australian releases of the year, so it just makes sense that they’d be joining forces for a bombastic reunion of goodness.

New: Hand Games Mixtape #14 (free download)

New: Hand Games Mixtape #14 (free download)

Fuck to the yes to the fuck yes. There is a new Hand Games mixtape, and for now, everything is right in the world. For those that don’t know, Hand Games is a mixtape service. Every month, a new playlist shows up like the hologram of Eazy-E at Rock the Bells. This month’s playlist has a host of goodness that would cause envy to Mother Teresa. There’s new shit from the schmoovest R&B thang in the world, Black Vanilla, as well as some light and immersing electronica from Hayden James, Ta-ku, Moses MacRae and Lower Spectrum. In terms of the gorgeously gargantuan, there’s the newest of new from Palms (<3), Peter Bibby, Shining Bird. ‘C of O’ from The Native Cats ‘Dallas’ album makes a most welcome appearance. Rounding out the eye-popping goodness are Summer Flake, Brothers Hand Mirror, Rainbow Chan and Naughty Rappers Collective. Overall, this shit is going to pound you into oblivion with the sheer greatness of the music. The fact that is completely free of charge will send your brain into a paradoxical descent of insanity.